Abraaj Capital is the biggest private equity group in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA). It has raised close to US$ 7 billion and distributed almost US$ 3 billion to investors. Funds managed by Abraaj Capital and its predecessor entities have made 42 investments in 12 countries and achieved over 20 exits. It operates eight offices and manages seven funds; four buyout funds; a Fund dedicated to small and medium enterprises; and an income-generating real estate Fund. Funds under management at the end of 2009 were US$ 6.1 billion.
Funds managed by Abraaj Capital have holdings including Air Arabia, the region’s biggest low-cost carrier; Acibadem Healthcare Group, Turkey’s largest privately owned hospital operator; and Al Borg Laboratories, the Middle East’s biggest privately owned medical-testing laboratory company. Abraaj Capital Limited, a member of the Abraaj Capital group, is licensed by the Dubai Financial Services Authority. The group is also an associate member of the European Venture Capital Association.
For more information, please visit www.abraaj.com
Citadel Capital (CCAP.CA on the Egyptian Stock Exchange) is the leading private equity firm in the Middle East and Africa. Citadel Capital focuses on building regional platforms in select industries through acquisitions, turnarounds, and greenfields executed via Opportunity-Specific Funds. The firm's 19 OSFs now control Platform Companies with investments worth more than US$ 8.3 billion in 14 countries spanning 15 industries, including mining, cement, transportation, food and energy.
Since 2004, Citadel Capital has generated more than US$ 2.5 billion in cash returns to its co-investors and shareholders (on investments of US$ 650 million), more than any other private equity firm in the region. Citadel Capital is the largest private equity firm in Africa by PE assets under management (2005-2010, as ranked by Private Equity International).
For more information, please visit www.citadelcapital.com
King & Spalding
King & Spalding is an international law firm with more than 850 lawyers in 16 offices across the United States, Europe and Asia, including in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh. For more than 20 years, King & Spalding lawyers have handled client matters in the Arabian Gulf region. The firm has one of the largest presences in the Middle East of any U.S. law firm, with lawyers specializing in complex commercial and financial transactions, real estate and construction matters, international arbitration and Islamic finance.
Our lawyers have deep expertise in representing investment fund sponsors in fund formation, fund placement, investment transactions, financing transactions, restructurings and public offerings of securities. Both our lawyers and our practices are recognized in Chambers Global and The Legal 500. King & Spalding's private equity practice in the Middle East focuses on representing regional and international fund sponsors for their investments in the North Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
For additional information, visit www.kslaw.com
KPMG has been present in the Lower Gulf (UAE and Oman) for more than 35 years. With over 900 professionals and more than 25 partners, we operate from offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Fujairah and Muscat. We also work closely with other KPMG offices throughout the region and across the world.
KPMG is an active participant in the development of an ethical, transparent and competitive business environment in all the markets within which we operate. We believe corporate social responsibility is at the heart of all great organisations, and are committed to making a real difference to the communities in which we operate. We strongly believe that the quality and integrity of the accounting and advisory professions are vital to building and maintaining confidence in the economy.
The quality and integrity of our people and our work is paramount to everything we do.
For additional information, visit rd.kpmg.co.uk
Qatar Investment Bank
Qatar First Investment Bank (QFIB) is the first Qatari stand-alone Shari'ah compliant investment bank licensed and regulated by the Qatar Financial Centre. Launched in March 2009, the Bank has an authorized capital of QAR 3.65 billion (US$1 billion) and a paid up capital of QAR 1.6 billion (US$ 430 million).
QFIB was established to capitalize on the opportunities created by the rapidly expanding economies of Qatar and the GCC which have stimulated significant growth and opportunities for investment banking, particularly for Islamic based products and services. The Bank aims to become one of the leading Shari'ah compliant investment banks in both Qatar and the GCC.
QFIB has a solid shareholder base of over 1,000 investors from Qatar and the GCC region made up of prominent individuals as well as institutional investors. These include financial institutions, governments, pension funds and other strategic investors.
QFIB is managed by a select team of multinational investment professionals with extensive experience in the GCC and international markets. It operates four core business lines including; private equity, strategic investments, corporate finance advisory and asset management.
For additional information please visit www.qfib.com.qa
Established in 2001, Saffar Capital is a regional investment and advisory firm regulated by the DFSA. Saffar focuses on long term fundamentals in all its investment activities and believes value creation comes from active participation in all aspects of investments, from the formulation of strategy to ongoing operational improvements.
Saffar has extensive experience building successful corporate entities such as Zawya and Credit Suisse Saudi Arabia. Via its advisory and investment activities, Saffar assists entrepreneurs and family-owned companies to launch new businesses or scale an existing interest regionally.
For additional information, visit www.saffarcapital.com
SJ Berwin is a full service international corporate law firm with more than 175 partners and 500 other lawyers based in 12 offices in Europe, East Asia and the Middle East. Our clients are sophisticated buyers of legal services, principally multi-national and entrepreneurial companies and financial institutions, which we advise on a comprehensive range of matters including corporate finance, private equity, commercial law, real estate, finance, reconstruction and insolvency, financial services and regulation, intellectual property, investment funds, litigation and dispute resolution, employment and pensions, EU and competition and tax.
The firm has offices in London, Berlin, Brussels, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris and Turin, and our London office is a member of Interlaw which is one of the largest established associations of law firms in the world, with member firms in over 120 cities worldwide. We have a strong international reach and we regularly advise clients across Europe, in the USA, the Middle East, India, China and Russia.
For additional information, visit www.sjberwin.com
Al Masah Capital Limited
Al Masah Capital Limited (“Al Masah”) is an exempted company incorporated with limited liability in the Cayman Islands. It provides alternative asset management and advisory services to institutional and individual investors with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa (“MENA”) region. It has established Al Masah Capital Management Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary in the Dubai International Financial Centre, regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (“DFSA”) under a category 3 license, which acts as its Investment Manager.
Al Masah was founded by Shailesh Dash who previously established and spearheaded the private equity activities of Global Investment House (“GIH”) in Kuwait. During his five year tenure as Head of Alternative Investments, GIH became the 16th largest private equity business in Asia (as ranked by PEI Asia in June 2009).
Al Masah sees tremendous investment opportunities in the MENA region. These result from supportive macro economic and demographic fundamentals, expansion potential for small but scalable businesses and efficiency improvement. The region also currently offers reasonable valuations and a decreasing investment and exit risk.
Al Masah strategy is to invest growth Capital in private companies in MENA with a focus on defensive and demography supported sectors such as healthcare, education and retail. Al Masah will invest through a fund structure in companies that typically have strong management teams, a scalable business model and the potential to become a regional leader in their respective fields. The targets should have been profitable for at least two to three years and may become strong candidates for future industry consolidation. The investment team intends to actively increase portfolio companies’ value through top-line and bottom-line growth with a typical holding period of 3 to 4 years.
For additional information, visit www.almasahcapital.com
Official Arabic Broadcaster:
CNBC Arabiya is the Arab World's preeminent and only 24-hour Arabic language financial and business information Channel, presenting in-depth & up-to-the-minute coverage of regional and international affairs from an Arab economic perspective.
The CNBC Arabiya service is free to air in the Middle East via Nile sat / Arab sat satellites.
Broadcasting from Dubai Media City, CNBC Arabiya has established bureaus in Abu Dhabi, Jeddah, Riyadh, Cairo, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Qatar. In addition, the channel has its correspondents reporting from London.
For more information, visit www.cnbcarabia.com
Global Communication Partner:
Global Islamic Finance Magazine (GIF)
Global Islamic Finance Magazine (GIF) was firmly established in 2007 as the leading Islamic Finance title for bankers, business professionals, brokers, insurers, corporate, advisors and providers of financial services. It focuses on rapidly growing Islamic Banking, Finance, Economy and Business.
Through close contact with those active in the Islamic finance sector, Global Islamic Finance magazine is able to bring you critical news not found elsewhere. Market intelligence which will assist you with your business and in depth independently-written feature articles provides potential leads and other resource information. Turn our news, knowledge and insight into your advantage, with essential information and details on the Islamic finance field.
Global Islamic Finance magazine delivers news, reviews, research, comment and analysis to financial intermediaries, bankers, lenders, insurers, brokers, corporate and SME decision makers and supports these finance professionals with timely, relevant and accurate market intelligence and sources of business funding.
For additional information visit www.globalislamicfinancemagazine.com
Investment Community Partner:
Zawya is the leading online business intelligence platform focusing on the Middle East, enabling over 750.000 professionals find and connect to the right business and investment opportunities in the region. Our wide range of unique content and tools detailed profiles on the top companies in the Middle East, Zawya Dow Jones live news, comprehensive industry and asset class research, as well as an exclusive online network for professionals focusing on the region. Headquartered in Dubai, Zawya also in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.
Zawya´s production unit operates through two distinct divisions focusing on professionals interested in Business Opportunities and Investment Opportunities, specifically set up to enable them, and the wider communities they belong to, according to these two needs.
Membership feedback is extremely important to us, so we go where our members tell us to go and listen carefully to what they have to say about our services. We prefer the personalized approach to make each member feel their need is being catered to, one by one, with continuous membership support and access to our in-house analysts.
For additional information please visit www.zawya.com
Regional Business Publications:
Established in 2007, DubaiBeat.com provides insight, analysis and research on Middle East private equity, real estate and venture capital investors. They cover cover private equity, venture capital, hedge funds and real estate investors from the Middle East and broader MENA region.
Their publication “Middle East Investors Directory” is widely used as a reliable source on information about investors in the Middle East.
For more information visit www.dubaibeat.com
Executive is a monthly business magazine that offers its readers in-depth and forward thinking analysis, solid reporting and punchy opinion on Middle East and North Africa’s commerce, economy and finance as well as regular industry surveys, regional market data and global economic trends.
Since its launch in 1998, Executive’s passion for business, its inside access and uncanny foresight has earned it the highest plaudits, where its readers choose it for its unbiased editorial line and comprehensive analysis.
From Morocco to Iraq, Executive has a solid network of the best business and economic analysts, experts, and reporters to provide what is arguably the most authoritative business writing in the Middle East.
For more information, please visit www.executive-magazine.com
The Africa Report
The Africa Report, an award-winning pan African monthly, provides 450 000 African and international readers with expert analysis of Africa’s fast-changing political and economic landscape.
Calling upon the finest African and international journalists, specialists on African politics, economy, industry and governance, The Africa Report guarantees in-depth, on-the-ground reportage and is a vital source of reference for investors, executives, academics, diplomats and NGOs.
Published by Groupe Jeune Afrique, The Africa Report is produced by a multicultural team in Paris and London and a network of journalists across the continent.
For more information, please visit www.theafricareport.com
Euromonitor International offers quality international market intelligence on industries, countries and consumers. We have more than 40 years’ experience publishing market reports, business reference books, on-line information systems and bespoke consulting projects.
With our team of over 600 in-country analysts worldwide, we are able to offer a unique capability to deliver high quality and reliable business information. Euromonitor International provides clients with custom research solutions across a wide range of markets, including fast-moving consumer goods, industrial, B2B and service industries.
For more information, please visit www.euromonitor.com